The NHS Constitution

The NHS Constitution establishes the principles and values of the NHS in England.

 The NHS belongs to the people.It is there to improve our health and wellbeing, supporting us to keep mentally and physically well, to get better when we are ill and, when we cannot fully recover, to stay as well as we can to the end of our lives. It works at the limits of science – bringing the highest levels of human knowledge and skill to save lives and improve health. It touches our lives at times of basic human need, when care and compassion are what matter most.

The NHS is founded on a common set of principles and values that bind together the communities and people it serves – patients and public – and the staff who work for it.

The Constitution establishes the principles and values of the NHS in England. It sets out rights to which patients, public and staff are entitled, and pledges which the NHS is committed to achieve, together with responsibilities, which the public, patients and staff owe to one another to ensure that the NHS operates fairly and effectively.

The Constitution is renewed every 10 years, with the involvement of the public, patients and staff.

A copy of the current document is on display in our waiting area (and for staff on the office Personnel notice board) and can be accessed here.

Our practice actively supports and is compliant with the principles of the NHS Constitution.

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